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Timely Warnings

Police Arrest Suspect in Saturday Night Downtown Shooting


A San Antonio man was arrested Sunday after a shooting that wounded another man in downtown San Marcos Saturday night. The suspect is also charged with attempting to run over a San Marcos police officer as he fled the scene.


Martin Avila, III (DOB: 10/12/1989) was booked into the Bexar County Jail on charges of attempted murder and attempted capital murder.


Warrants obtained by San Marcos Police Department detectives for these offenses were served when Avila was arrested by the San Antonio Police Department at his home on Sunday at approximately 12:35 p.m.


Bond has been set at $500,000. Avila will be transferred to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center later this week. 


According to SMPD Commander Penny Dunn, Avila, his 18-year-old brother and a friend were involved in a disturbance with the victim and his two friends at a bar on LBJ Drive Saturday night. The groups went their separate ways.


According to Dunn, Avila went to his parked vehicle to retrieve a handgun and then confronted the victim and his friends on Hutchison Street across from Fire Station 1. Avila’s brother and friend stayed with the car after police say Avila retrieved the weapon and confronted the victim.


Witnesses said the suspect fired the handgun twice at 10:20 p.m., and one of the bullets grazed the victim’s right ear and right side of his head. Avila then fled the scene on foot, according to witnesses.


SMPD Officer Jesse Saavedra and Texas State Police Officer Darin Wilde pursued Avila on foot.  Officer Saavedra, a uniformed officer, repeatedly told Avila he was a police officer and to stop.


According to Dunn, Avila disregarded Saavedra’s order and told his brother and friend to get in the car. Police say Avila and his brother entered the car and attempted to strike Saavedra at high speed as they fled.


Saavedra jumped over a concrete construction barrier to avoid being hit and fired one shot from his service weapon, striking the car.


Officer Saavedra, an eight-year veteran of San Marcos Police Department, was not injured during the incident. He was put on administrative leave for the initial stages of the investigation.


“It’s routine to put officers on administrative leave when they are involved in shooting incidents pending an internal review,” said Police Chief Howard Williams. 


The victim was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.


Police continue to investigate the incidents.